Weiss is working with the CCSSO
on a two-year effort to encourage states to adopt a standards-aligned, high-quality curriculum, to support them in its implementation, and to ensure that teachers have access to relevant professional development.
And Louisiana is among 10 that are using a New Skills for Youth initiative, which CCSSO
created a year ago, as part of its ESSA plan.
is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five US extra-state jurisdictions.
Such queries are potential catalysts for both historical thinking and completion of Common Core-prescribed writing tasks (NGA & CCSSO
The NGA and CCSSO
have legitimate authority to determine what knowledge now and into the future.
While many of the Common Core Anchor Standards focus on comprehension, the third College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard for reading focuses on character development: "Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text" (NGA & CCSSO
, 2010, Key Ideas and Details section, para.
(2011) emphasizes the importance of the teacher's ability to understand "how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences" (p.
The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target, is a project of CCSSO
in partnership with University of Phoenix and People to People Ambassador Programs.
students under-performing in international assessments, the NGA and CCSSO
hope the core standards will bring U.
In response to the national movement toward standards-based learning, CCSSO
initiated several SCASS projects to encourage and assist states to work collaboratively on design and development of assessment for diverse curriculum areas.
Author affiliations: ESP Solutions Group and CCSSO
Data Quality Support Project; B.
org, and hardcopies can be ordered from CCSSO
(Council of Chief State School Officers) at (202) 336-7016.